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    Happy Monday (or Tuesday, for those in the AUS/New Zealand areas)!! Locally, it is a gloriously sunny day, supposed to be in the 50s, and it finally smells like spring outside. My daffodils and crocuses are emerging from the ground, and I actually hung a load of laundry outside on the line.

    I returned from a short trip late last night, so the early part of this week will involve doing laundry! My math classes are still continuing. Algebra students are learning all about the fun of square roots, while the geometry kids are calculating areas, dealing with scale factor and areas, and geometric probability. I have enough interest to offer Algebra II next year, and I'm still kicking around offering physics. This should be fun!

    So what is happening for you this week? Has everyone made it through the typical February burn-out phase yet?
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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    Lol February burn out! Switching to blocks shielded us from it this year. We did pineapple planting with our co-op this morning and have music this afternoon. It's a big day for us! Beautiful weather here, too!
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    It’s the usual Monday morning clean up. Then some lessons after lunch. Not much else.

    Google is doing their doodle contest. There’s a week left if anyone wants to have their kids enter it!

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    How was California, INmom?! Did you get a pleasant hike in through Muir Woods as planned?

    This week we are studying Japan and the Koreas; next week are ALL the countries of SouthEast Asia.... Then the boys take a break for a week while I prep for our unit on Africa (except for DS12ís literature - The Westing Game - because BYL has a lot of reading for him to do!)
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    How was California, INmom?! Did you get a pleasant hike in through Muir Woods as planned?

    This week we are studying Japan and the Koreas; next week are ALL the countries of SouthEast Asia.... Then the boys take a break for a week while I prep for our unit on Africa (except for DS12’s literature - The Westing Game - because BYL has a lot of reading for him to do!)
    My kids loved studying those areas of Asia. What are you using as sources? Books, websites, videos??

    We had a very nice day in Muir Woods. Thanks for asking. The main trail was busy, but once we got on a trail that involved any kind of incline, we lost most everyone. Except for four trail runners--they make my trail running look super easy, and I run on sand dunes. I want to be them when I grow up.

    The drive back to San Francisco was interesting, to say the least. They held their Chinese New Year parade on Saturday (why a week after the holiday, who knows??). Anyway, once we crossed Golden Gate Bridge into the city, it should have been about a 15 minute drive tops to return the rental car. It took us 90 minutes since it seemed half the city was closed off. We even had to convince two sets of police officers to allow us to make a couple turns at the end to reach the Hertz location. Any other time we would have been thrilled to accidentally been able to see SF Chinatown parade, but we were pretty frazzled after fighting traffic. We got take-out pizza, beer, and watched the parade on TV!!

    Other than that, the trip was nice. Having been there before a couple of times and done the tourist-type things, I spent most of Friday walking miles around the city, people watching, looking at architecture, etc. I teased my CS major son that our hotel was in the midst of many tech companies: LinkedIn, Github, UBSoft (video games--where dh had a biz meeting). All were a couple of blocks from our hotel.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Tuesday for us, and turning into autumn/fall. Days are definitely getting shorter, nights and mornings are cooler. Trying to get some landscaping stuff finished in the garden before it all gets too wet and cold.

    My daughter also loved studying Asia. Probably because she got to do lots of planning and cooking meals to go with it. She also liked learning about the history of Korean language.

    Just a usual week for us, apart from we will have no power on Thur. Getting a power pole replaced that happens to be on the back corner of our section. They think they are going to fit the truck up our (very narrow) drive. Hoping they don't damage anything where it goes past retaining walls or the house. I told them that a firewood delivery truck just fit up the drive, but not the smallest moving truck, and they were just like "oh our truck is bigger than a firewood truck...but we'll come up the drive". Argh. We do have an access way at the back that they could use but they just don't seem to want to investigate using it. It is just as wide as our drive and flat (our drive is steep uphill to get in), but I guess its grass not paved and maybe the truck would rip it up.

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    Im glad the trip went well despite the traffic snafu!

    Japanese study this week is pretty light - bbc.co.uk has a nice bunch of brief articles on Shinto (some with video links), and then I hope we can watch some of the Miyazaki films, and have a better understanding of what is really going on.
    There has been a lot going on about Korea lately, I think that is covered.
    At this point, for next week Im going to rely on restaurants to cover Thai, Vietnamese, and Filipino food. (He fills out a country profile for each country, including selected statistics from the CIA world fact book.... sometimes thats the only paper trail that a country has been visited.)

    If DS is fascinated by anything, we can always take more time, but so far this year, hes been happy to go on to the next thing.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Oh yes the Miyazaki films! We watched all the child-appropriate ones when we did Japan. It was lots of fun. Should do it again...

    You are lucky to have cheap food for eating out in the US. I miss that! Its all so expensive here, even the stuff that should be cheap, so we had to make it if DD wanted to try it.

    I really want to do a study on Thailand. I lived there for 3 months when I was doing some research for my PhD and I miss Thai food. Particularly things like pandan custard and boat noodle soup. So would be great to make some. Although DD is turning into a vegetarian so I think she would protest at making boat noodle soup (it is made with blood in the broth).

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    At this point, for next week Im going to rely on restaurants to cover Thai, Vietnamese, and Filipino food. (He fills out a country profile for each country, including selected statistics from the CIA world fact book.... sometimes thats the only paper trail that a country has been visited.) .
    I'm so glad to see others take their kids to try foods of other countries/cultures. Sometimes I think if you wait until you're an adult, you might never try. From what I've seen, kids who were exposed to "different" foods are more open to trying even more than those who don't.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I really want to do a study on Thailand. I lived there for 3 months when I was doing some research for my PhD and I miss Thai food. Particularly things like pandan custard and boat noodle soup. So would be great to make some. Although DD is turning into a vegetarian so I think she would protest at making boat noodle soup (it is made with blood in the broth).
    Where in Thailand did you study? DH has been a few times and wants to take me with next time.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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